Tevin Farmer: No champion will fight me as a voluntary defense
Junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer continues staying busy and winning, a formula he hopes will lead to a world title fight in 2017.
Farmer defeated Dardan Zenanuj by unanimous decision late Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Farmer, who has now won his last 17 fights, improves to 24-4-1, with five knockouts. Zenunaj, who is originally from Kosovo and now resides in Oxnard, California, falls to 12-3, 9 KOs.
Farmer was the busier and more effective fighter throughout most of the fight. The southpaw utilized his speed and ring generalship to easily side-step Zenunaj and countered him to the head and body.
Scorecards were 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92 for Farmer, who resides in Philadelphia.
“I did everything I wanted to do,” Farmer told RingTV.com. “It was a good performance for the fans.”
Farmer, who defeated Ivan Redkach on July 30 and Orlando Rizo on Oct. 14, is ranked No. 3 by the WBC and No. 7 by the IBF.
While he is highly ranked, Farmer does not expect a world title fight anytime soon.
“I know I won’t be fighting for a world title next. The only reality in which I’ll be fighting for a world title is if I’m a mandatory. No champion would fight me if I was a voluntary defense. I feel like I’m one or two fights away from a world title shot.”
Cruiserweight gatekeeper Garrett Wilson (17-11-1, 9 KOs) defeated Lamont Capers (7-9-2) by majority decision over six rounds. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Wilson.
Featherweight Jose Gonzalez (6-0-1, 2 KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Tim Ibarra (4-4, 1 KO). Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37 in favor of Gonzalez.
Amateur standout and junior lightweight Joseph Adorno, who is 17 years of age, stopped Guy Newman (0-2) at 1:37 of round one. Adorno recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing